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Rewriting the stars: New musical reshapes rags-to-riches story

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark
Times-News correspondent


This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Hugh Jackman in a scene from "The Greatest Showman." [Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Fox via The Associated Press

   Despite a reportedly inaccurate portrayal,   award-winning actor and Broadway star Hugh   Jackman delivers an outstanding performance   as P.T. Barnum, the creator of the first circus,     in the film “The Greatest Showman.”
The story  follows Barnum as he rises from a homeless, hungry orphan to a famed ringmaster. Inspired  only by his own imagination, Barnum  searches for the oddest of the odd  and  puts them on show for the world to see.  In  the mid-1800s, circus “sideshows” were new and strange, and people were unsure of   whether to love or fear them. As he navigates   his new life, tries to find time for his family,   fends off protestors, and tries not to lose sight   of his dream, Barnum learns who his read more…

’47 Meters’ is intense, action-packed

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent


Mandy Moore, left, and Claire Holt pose for a portrait at the "47 Meters Down" junket at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. [Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/The Associated Press

“47 Meters Down” is a thrilling depiction of the horrors that accompany a recreational activity in paradise gone wrong. This realistic fiction film is guaranteed to leave all viewers on the edge of their seats with a racing heart rate.
Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) relax on an exotic vacation on the coast of Mexico. Just days after being dumped by her boyfriend who claimed that she was too boring and lackluster, Lisa sought adventure that would prove herself to her ex as bold and dauntless. Although the movie’s beginning is considerably predictable and rather shallow, the plot intensifies as the two siblings embark on a deep-sea encounter with some of the most dangerous oceanic dwellers — great white sharks.
Suspense is established as the girls travel farther and farther from the shore on a rusty boat that seems highly unprofessional. But when everything goes awry, the once-fascinating encounter turns out to be an inescapable nightmare for the sisters, scared for their lives. They soon find themselves helpless and alone, 47 meters below the ocean’s surface, read more…

‘Wonder Woman’ is a wonder to behold

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent


Gal Gadot stars in a scene from "Wonder Woman." [Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via The Associated Press


In her first title role, Gal Gadot reprises Wonder Woman, as first seen in  the 2016 action blockbuster “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She  will play this beloved heroine once again in the upcoming Justice League  movie to be released this November. The statuesque 32-year-old, martial  arts-trained Gadot looks as though she were born to play this role, and her  Israeli accent adds the perfect touch of mystery to this beautiful daughter of  Zeus.
The movie begins on the island of Themyscira, filling in princess Diana’s  childhood backstory. The opening scenes are chock-full of mythological  Amazon warriors engaged in intense, athletic, hand-to-hand combat  training with sword and shield, and bow and arrow. The timeline moves  forward to Diana’s early adult years, set at the end of World War I. When read more…

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